"Britt Reid," the millionaire publisher, dons a mask and goes out to fight crime in his famous automobile, "The Black Beauty." "Kato," the Korean science wizard, whom "Britt" saved from attackers years ago, has now pledged his life to serving "Reid" any way he can. Each chapter opens with the familiar Green Hornet theme, "Flight Of The Bumblebee."
This is the first of two film serials distributed by Universal Pictures. 13 chapters total; 1/13.
July 18, 2009 Subject:
Green Hornet serials
According to VCI, they have a agreement w. Universal and Green Hornet Inc. to put out both serials on DVD. However, the orignal film of the first serial, the Green Hornet, has suffered damage and was never transferred to better film. And the second will be a transfer from video tape. I am guess the film for the second is lost. So do not expect much superior quality on some these old serials.
June 6, 2009 Subject:
The brightness factor
I go around with my brother on which GH is better quality. This one is not from transfer to DVD/VHS or anything. It is the source material that sucks. Strikes again has some grain but the contrast is much better. Unless another copy is found in better shape, this is what we get.
May 12, 2009 Subject:
Green Hornet: bright objects "washed out"--anyone notice this?
I downloaded the first 7 episodes. Unfortunately, all the episodes I watched had "hot" video where bright objects, such as peoples' faces, brightly sunlit outdoor scenes, etc., appeared similar to having the brightness setting turned all the way up on a television.
How was the serial's footage captured/archived? It appears to me that the video was recorded by using a telecine converter, or a camcorder with the footage "overexposed." Has anyone else experienced this problem? I'd really like to keep this famous, old serial. Any suggestions on how to remedy the overexposed video? (I did try using editing software to compensate, but the improvements were minimal---> very disappointing).
March 8, 2009 Subject:
Gordon Jones stars as the Green Hornet with his trusty sidekick and polymath Kato, played by Keye Luke. I always enjoy seeing Keye Luke, though in those days, the 1930s and '40s, he rarely got a starring role.
Like most serials, this one is aimed at kids. Short, clumsy background exposition and stick-figure characterizations, this first episode gets right to the action. Fun to watch, if you like these old serials. It's not just cops and robbers. They've got a souped-up car with custom paint job and horn. The Green Hornet puts his gas gun right up to bad guys, who I guess can't figure out he wouldn't want to use it in that manner. Why does he take credit for a murder? Maybe we'll find out in the next episode!
I downloaded the 512Kb mpeg4 file. Video and audio are OK, though the video looks somewhat washed out.